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|Ohio Supreme Court’s Preemption Analysis Limits Municipalities’ Power to Regulate Oil and Gas Drilling|
Genevieve A. Pecharka, John R. Seeds; Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.;
April 10, 2015, previously published on March 9, 2015In an effort to end growing uncertainty surrounding municipalities’ authority to pass ordinances limiting oil and gas drilling, the Ohio Supreme Court recently upheld existing case law and affirmed that state statutes preempt conflicting local ordinances. In State ex rel. Morrison v. Beck...
|2014 In Review: Top 10 Canadian Judicial Decisions Of Import To The Oil And Gas Industry|
Daniel B.R. Johnson, Michael A. Marion, Michael G. Massicotte, Alan L. Ross, Karen A. Salmon; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
April 10, 2015, previously published on January 29, 20152014 saw the Supreme Court of Canada significantly develop the law in areas critical to the oil and gas industry, including Aboriginal title, the interpretation and performance of commercial contracts, intentional torts, access to justice and summary judgment. Other courts have rendered important...
|Ohio Supreme Court: Municipalities Cannot Obstruct Oil and Gas Development That the State Has Permitted|
Matthew R. Duncan, Michael J. Matasich; Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC;
April 10, 2015, previously published on February 19, 2015The Ohio Supreme Court has issued an important decision in State ex rel. Morrison v. Beck Energy Corp., Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-485 reaffirming the preeminent role of the State of Ohio in regulating oil and gas drilling over local municipalities.
|Why Oil and Gas Companies Should Include Tolling Provisions into Their Leases|
Barbara Y. Strnad, J. David Ziegler; Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.;
April 10, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015In an issue of first impression, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously held that the primary term of an oil and gas lease cannot be equitably extended by the courts in cases where the lessor has pursued an unsuccessful lawsuit challenging the validity of the lease. Wayne Harrison and Mary...
|2014: Natural Gas, Wind, Solar Led New Projects|
Preti Flaherty Beliveau Pachios LLP;
March 30, 2015, previously published on January 30, 2015Natural gas, wind, and solar power projects dominated the rankings of new U.S. electric generation placed in service in 2014.
|Ohio Supreme Court Strikes Down a Municipality's Efforts to Regulate Oil and Gas Production|
Michael R. Gladman, David A. Kutik, Roy A. Powell, Todd S. Swatsler, Jeffery D. Ubersax; Jones Day;
March 27, 2015, previously published on March 2015The rise of oil and gas production in the Utica and Marcellus shale plays, encouraged by state policies, has led many municipalities to seek to exert some control over oil and gas drilling within their borders. In the past two years, the highest courts in Pennsylvania and New York have sided with...
|Electricity Policy Shifts Are Gaining Momentum in New York|
Dennis J. Hough, Stephen L. Teichler; Duane Morris LLP;
March 26, 2015, previously published on March 20, 2015In what is likely to be a harbinger of changes to status quo retail electricity markets, services and grid planning, the New York State Public Service Commission (New York PSC) adopted a new policy framework that would significantly influence the development of the electricity industry for years to...
|Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act|
Todd J. Griset; Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, LLP;
March 26, 2015, previously published on January 26, 2015Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bill to expedite federal review of some spects of proposed natural gas pipelines. Known as H.R. 161, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act is officially summarized as providing for the "timely consideration of all licenses,...
|Federal Government to Consider LNG Tax Break in Budget|
Michael Styczen, P.Eng; Davis LLP;
March 18, 2015, previously published on February 13, 2015Reuters is reporting that Finance Minister Joe Oliver, in pre-budget consultations, is considering a proposal to provide a significant tax break to proposed LNG plants in British Columbia.
|Federal Government Proposes LNG Tax Break|
Michael Styczen, P.Eng; Davis LLP;
March 18, 2015, previously published on February 19, 2015Last week, we reported that the federal government was considering a proposal to provide a significant tax break to proposed LNG plants in British Columbia.